The New York Jets aren’t done moving chess pieces around on their roster board. This week they’re bringing in a few big names.
The New York Jets may be tanking the 2017-18 season, but they’re at least trying to field a respectable looking awful team. The Jets announced the tryout player list for the last hurdle of offseason programs before training camp commences next month.
Tryout players for this week's minicamp ⬇️ https://t.co/51uDhOvbkc
— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 13, 2017
Some interesting names are on this list that I want to discuss and break down in further detail. Several of whom I think have a legitimate chance of making the roster.
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR
This is a veteran wide receiver who has been around the league, including a stint with the Jets. His best moment in a green and white uniform came during that magical 2015 season, he had a huge catch and run in the Jets vs. Dallas Cowboys game that set up the winning field goal.
While in Week 17 the Jets had one last chance to salvage their playoff hopes, it fell right out of Thompkins’ hands, if he holds on it’s probably a walk in touchdown and who knows what happens. But the Jets once deep wide receiver position is now suddenly a little thin. They could use a veteran on the team who has some there-there, Thompkins has potential to make the team.
Dexter McCluster, WR
Here’s a player I’m surprised has bounced around the league as much as he has. The former second round pick is a speedster with great return abilities. That’s an area of need for the Jets. A versatile gadget weapon overall has over 1000 career rushing yards, nearly 2000 yards receiving, and 12 total touchdowns.
The Jets haven’t had a guy that can help in wildcat formations and the return game in a while. He’s still got the speed that makes him dangerous at the ripe age of 28. The Jets could use him in a bunch of different ways. With the new rules on no more levels of cuts, I could see him making it deep in the process.
Denard Robinson, QB/WR/RB
Another go-go gadget guy who can do a little bit of everything. Denard ‘Shoelace’ Robinson is 26 years old and has had some success in the league. The Jacksonville Jaguars never seemed to commit to him as a player fully. This guy was on the cover of the last college football game and epitomized a playmaker.
He’s made the transition to being a skill player and has made his money as a dynamic return man and running back. As a change of pace guy, he can last in this league. John Morton needs bodies in the backfield, and he’s got three on lock. The guys who make the bottom of the roster are versatile, and you can’t spell versatile without Denard Robinson.
Bobby Rainey, RB
Another veteran who’s been there and done that (playing for four different teams since 2012). He’s one of the more accomplished players trying out for the Jets. Gang Green is probably going to keep four guys at most in the backfield, and two spots are locked up.
With the guys the Jets are bringing in the thermostat has been turned up. I like Rainey’s short area quickness, very Darren Sproles like. Good burst. Another guy who is a return specialist and change of pace guy, but also isn’t afraid of making contact.
We’ll discuss some of these guys and the rest of the list in more detail on this week’s episode of The Jets Zone on Sports War Radio. Here’s last week’s episode below: